It’s obvious that nutrition is critical before, during and after pregnancy, but what are the most important nutrients and what do they do? Expecting mothers, new mothers, and even women who could become mothers, need core nutrition that helps support their reproductive and bone health, immunity, mental function, and general wellbeing. Growing fetuses and babies need specific nutritional support for their bones, eyes, immunity and nervous systems in addition to basic nutrition. Fortunately, there is significant overlap between the needs of the mother (and would-be mother) and developing fetuses and babies. Vitamin D3 helps support the absorption of calcium and bone health in both groups. Zinc helps support healthy immunity. Vitamin B12 and folate help support nerve and brain development and health. In fact, folate is so important that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a prenatal vitamin supplement containing folate to most pregnant women to support healthy neural tube development. And finally, both groups may also benefit from a daily intake of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid which is essential for supporting healthy eye and brain function and development. If you assemble all these nutrients together in a targeted formula, they can provide significant nourishment to both a mother and baby.